Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020. 3:03 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Public Service Union (PSU) issued a statement today, joining the public outcry for the removal of embattled Minister of National Security John Saldivar from his portfolio.
The PSU said that Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who is the substantive Minister of the Public Service, has failed to adequately address the situation by placing Saldivar on indefinite suspension, given the severity of the allegations against him.
“As a former Minister of the Public Service and now suspended Minister of National Security with a track record tainted with corruption and scandals, Mr. Saldivar owes all decent public officers no less than his resignation as a government minister and public official,” the PSU said.
The union also expressed its disappointment with the Prime Minister’s response to Saldivar’s current predicament and categorized those responses as “snobbish” likening them to his responses several years ago when it was brought to light that Saldivar’s sister was on paid leave for 19 months while still collecting full salary and having access to a government vehicle.
“Additionally we call on the relevant authorities to conduct investigations of all Belizean accomplices and especially named Public Officer and Public Officials such as Mayor, Khalid Belisle who publicly lied about the extent of his association and involvement with Lev Dermen,” the PSU added.
The union stressed that the Belizean public deserves no less than Saldivar’s “unequivocal discharge from Cabinet,” and emphasized that Barrow’s response thus far has been inadequate.
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